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Member Since:

Jan 04, 2010



Goal Type:

Recover From Injury

Running Accomplishments:

In late 2008 I decided I needed to get in better shape and started running again.  I ran my first formal road race ever, a half marathon, in late 2009.

(unofficial) Track 1 Mile - 7:32 (4/24/2010)  6:56 (9/27/2010)

5k - 27:31 - Riverview Run on 06/11/2010
22:39 - Gatorade Steelers 5k on 09/04/2010

10k - 50:43 - Riverside Run on 04/10/2010

Half - 2:02:58 - Just a Short Run on 03/27/2010
1:51:47 - IKEA Montour Trail Half on 09/11/2010

Short-Term Running Goals:

2011 Races:

Sept 25 - The Great Race 10k (59:15)
Nov 5 - Dirt Monster 5mi (52:59)

2012 Races:

June 8 - Riverside 5k  (27:49)
Sept 2 - Gatorade Steelers 5k (route) with Steve!  (27:39)
Sept 30 - The Great Race 10k (route)  (53:48)
Nov 3 - The Dirt Monster 5mi (52:55)

2013 Races:

May - Pittsburgh Marathon (started, but DNF about the half way point)
June - Riverview 5k  - Bummed I missed signing up for this one. It's one of my favorites!
Sept - Gatorade/Steelers 5k. (Signed up!)
Sept - IKEA Montour Trail Half  (prob not, but leaving it on here)
Sept - The Great Race 10k (My Running 101 goal race)
Nov - Dirt Monster 5mi (Gotta do it again no matter what!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish recovering from my injuries and build mileage.  That is all.


My name is Wes, I'm married with two wonderful children. The nickname BaldNSpicy came from the fact that I have been balding for a (long) while now and spicy for my love of very spicy foods (Thai and extremely hot wings are my favorites).  If eating doesn't bring me near tears and leave me sweating, it's not worth eating.  :-)

Oh, and I'm also known for my doorags.

Favorite Quotes:

"Running without hills is like motorcycling without corners." - rAtTLeTrAp

"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit.  You are what you do repeatedly." - Shaquille O'Neal

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."  - John Burroughs

Favorite Blogs:

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NB 758s #2 Lifetime Miles: 596.90
Brooks Cascadia 7 Lifetime Miles: 165.17
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It had been one of those days, plus I had rested the achilles for almost 3 weeks, so I decided to go do a few easy miles despite the persistent pain that hasn't left yet.  Walked the hills, very slowly jogged the flats going out. Coming back, I was still feeling the pain so I just walked the last 2 miles.  Did some easy stretches when I got back to the car, came home and took some Ibuprofen, am icing it now and will get off to bed.

I'll do some weight training tomorrow and avoid running for a day or two and see how it feels.  I'm really hoping to be in a position that I can run the race on the 27th (time doesn't matter, I just want to do it), but I don't know.  I may have to rest it completely until a couple days before when I do some slow miles and see how it feels.  I have to register by the 7th so I need to decide before then.

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Just some light core workout...nothing to brag about.  :-)

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Did some upper body and leg weight training.  Nothing major but Static and Shock are feelin' it tonight!

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Ok, so explain this to me (because obviously I didn't get it):

Who in their right mind would do an upper body/"guns" workout to the point they know they'll feel it, the day before the forecast was for "8-10" inches of wet, heavy snow - knowing they'll probably have to shovel it?

Oh, and for once, our weatherman was right (shocker!)...we did get "8-10" of snow by Saturday night"....only we got that by 8pm FRIDAY night!  It's 7am Saturday and we have 24"+!  I wouldn't care except that I had to park my car at the grocery store at the bottom of our street (very steep hill) and walk up last night since I couldn't get up the hill.  I'll have to shovel my way down our long, steep driveway to even go see if my car is still there or whether they towed it.  And...our street isn't plowed enough yet to get my car up here anyways!

I only got 3.5 hrs of sleep last night because I couldn't fall asleep - not unusual - but at 3am, I look out to see that about 18" of snow is making our gazebo start to lean to one side.   Memorandum:  This spring get that darn thing on solid footings and level!  So, I have to go find my heavy rope in my messy garage, go out and secure the gazebo to the only big, heavy object close enough to it - the van - with the rope, then get the ladder and rake out and go get all the snow off it before going to bed.  It's got another 6" up there now, so I'll be out doing it again soon.  My wife can thank my insomnia (and my mad Eagle Scout knot skills) for the fact that we still have a standing gazebo since guaranteed that thing would be on the ground this morning if I hadn't secured it properly.  It was leaning pretty badly under the weight of that snow.

FRB friends:  pray for my arms, chest and back...and for me to get a brain by the next time I think about doing a "guns" workout before a predicted snow storm!  :-(

Evening update:  Ok, so we got about 18-20" which is a blizzard for us here.  Apparently, it rivals the "blizzard of 1996" or something like that.  Finally got the driveway shoveled and the car up the hill and driveway at about 6pm tonight.  Here's a few pics for you to enjoy!

Gotta get them knees up to get through the snow!


Workin' on the form  :-)

Getting pelted by my daughter while my wife was trying to take a nice photo of me!

The Fam


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